Spicy and Sweet Pecans

While I usually serve these during my annual holiday party, they’re great any time of year. They cook up quickly and require only a few ingredients, particularly corn syrup — something I seem to always have around the house.

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Spicy and Sweet Pecans

By Kassia Krozser Published: April 20, 2013

  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Ready In: 25 mins

This quick appetizer is great for parties any time of the year. Warning: they disappear quickly!



  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with oil or cooking spray.
  2. Mix the syrup, brown sugar, salt, pepper, cayenne together in a sticky sauce.
  3. Add the pecans, and mix thoroughly. You will have a sticky glob of pecans.
  4. Transfer the mix to your baking sheet, spreading the nut mixture out as much as possible.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes, then, carefully, separate the pecans, spreading them out so they cook evenly. The sugars will be hot, so exercise caution. Cook for an additional five to ten minutes — you want your pecans golden brown but not burnt.
  6. Spread a piece of foil on your countertop. When the pecans are done, transfer them to the foil, and, using two forks, break them apart. Let cool and serve.

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